Republican candidate warns of 'brainwashing' by gays
THE Republican candidate for the governor of New York State has been condemned by both conservatives and Democrats for saying that he did not want his children "brainwashed" into thinking that homosexuality was "an acceptable option".
Carl Paladino, a property developer-turned politician, was accused of raising the risk of attacks on homosexual men after several recent anti-gay crimes in New York.
Mr Paladino (64), who has received strong support from conservative Tea Party activists, made his initial comments at a Brooklyn synagogue.
He was trying to strike a contrast between himself and Mario Cuomo, his Democratic rival, who once took his young daughters to a gay-pride parade.
In a television interview yesterday, Mr Paladino said he did not discriminate against homosexuals and employed a homosexual nephew.
But he repeated his opposition to gay marriage and, referring to homosexuality, added: "That's not how God created us, and that's not the example that we should be showing our children."
He also said young children shouldn't be exposed to homosexual culture, and singled out pride parades.
"They wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other and it's just a terrible thing," he said.
"Why would you bring your children to that?"
Gregory Angelo, chairman of the New York branch of the Log Cabin Republicans, a homosexual group, said: "I don't want New Yorkers to be brainwashed into thinking that ignorance is an equally valid and successful option. It isn't."
Mr Paladino's remarks underscored the increasing trend for eccentric comments in the election cycle. Rand Paul, a senate candidate in Kentucky, questioned the validity of the Civil Rights Act, which ended racial segregation.
Democrats are hoping that extreme comments will help them win seats that would otherwise be out of reach on November 2. (© Daily Telegraph, London)